Updated August 12 2016
The Savannah Bananas and the Forest City Owls locked up in a pitching duel on Friday night that remained scoreless until the 8th inning when the Bananas Jameson Hannah (Dallas Baptist) blasted a 2-run homerun to catapult the Bananas into the Petitt Cup championship series.
Ryan Flores (Richland College) brought his A-game and held the Owls to no runs while scattering four hits through 8 innings with 12 strikeouts.
Hannah came through in the clutch and broke open the defensive struggle in the bottom of the eight with a 2-run homer that slammed into the right field foul pole.
The game was a couple hundred shy of a Grayson Stadium sellout, but the 3746 screaming fans in attendance spent most of the night on their feet.
The Bananas will face the East Division Champions, the Peninsula Pilots, at home on Sunday at 7:00PM. Tickets are limited and available at thesavannahbananas.com/championship or by calling (912)712-2482. This will be the Bananas’ last appearance at Grayson of 2016. The Bananas will play the second game of the series in Peninsula, VA on Monday night as well as the third game if needed.The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 21st season in 2017, the CPL features 15 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had over 1,400 alumni drafted and 106 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow us via Twitter @CPLBaseball.Contact: